If you were one of the Boston Celtics fans who didn’t make it to the NBA Finals as the team struggled through the first half of the 2021-22 season as a .500-ball club, don’t be too hard on yourself yourself – you were far from alone. In fact, even Justin, the father of All-NBA Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, wasn’t sure they would make it into the postseason, let alone the 2022 Finals.
Speaking to Bally Sports’ Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, the elder Tatum said: “I didn’t think they were going to make the playoffs at the start of the season. You’re all bad, you don’t share the ball, you don’t make much of it – and that was in November, December before they made that run.
“Who are we going to trade with?” he asked rhetorically, mentally throwing himself back into that frustrating moment for Celtics fans everywhere. “Who are we letting go of? We have to come up with something.”
Celtics Lab 122: Talking to Mirin Fader about the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Derrick White and Giannis
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) June 13, 2022
“Now to see them beat the Brooklyn Nets, go through (the) Milwaukee (Bucks), last year’s NBA champions, and then take down Jimmy Butler (of the Miami Heat), I wasn’t expecting it,” he continued away .
“These are professionals. The old guys on this team showed how professionals should be. That is your task. You have to find a way not to be an inconsistent team but a successful team.”
This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!